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045 – BONUS! Amanda Welch, Grubby Girl. Experience an Apiary!

045 – BONUS! Amanda Welch, Grubby Girl. Experience an Apiary!

Bees come back with pollen which looks like fuzzy yellow pants.

Bees come back with pollen which looks like fuzzy yellow pants.

Bee Work Bonus! Experience an apiary through your ears! Last week in Episode 44, we met Amanda Welch of Grubby Girl. Bee farmer and charmer. This week, we’re donning our suits and heading out into the field to check on the hives. Because beekeeping is not a weekend hobby. Bees live precarious and fragile lives these days. It takes a lot of work to keep the immune systems of bees thriving and the hives healthy.

So if you’ve ever wondered what an apiary sounds like, join us! Follow along on our journey by using the photographs below. Or if you’re listening in your car or on the treadmill, just enjoy the sounds of bees, birds, doggies and the occasional Spring breeze. Trust me, it’s good for whatever ails you. I walked away from this experience feeling like I’d just taken a 2-hour meditation class.

Favorite parts? I learned what a bee “traffic jam” sounds like. Whether bees are calm or agitated, you can really hear the difference. Did you know each queen has a name? Beatrix was my personal favorite. After taking Amanda’s class in March, having this 360-degree experience was a field trip for the mind and soul.

Interested in learning more? Contact Amanda to find out more about the bee classes she teaches at the Jefferson School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Then go buy some honey or bath products to round out your apiary experience. Grubby Girl products are sold at the Saturday City Market, the Thursday UVA market, and on her website.

This is meant as a companion piece to Episode 44, which I’m posting as an experimental, experiential “bonus”. Because I’ve got big dreams about expanding Edacious. Finding a dedicated podcast space. Getting better equipment. Maybe even renovating a food truck or “Canned Ham” to take to festivals for live events. Would you pay $.99 for an episode like this? Buzz at me in the comments. Cheers!

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